Worst Airports in Africa 2015

Port Harcourt International Airport
Port Harcourt International Airport

One look at the interior of the worst airports in Africa was often enough to convince our voters to splurge on a nearby hotel. Top complaints generally revolved around corruption, crowds, chaos, confusion and a total lack of cleanliness – 5 C’s an airport definitely does not want to be associated with. Amenities across the board are decidedly scarce if not entirely non-existent, and many airports’ architecture verges on decrepit. In fact, some voters got particularly creative and colourful in their written descriptions, likening Kinshasa International airport to the Thunderdome from Mad Max – a post-apocalyptic steel jousting cage. Though likely a bit dramatic, you’ll want to arrive in these terminals equipped with your own snacks, your own entertainment, lots of patience and definitely a sense of humour.

These are the Top 10 Worst Airports in Africa based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in our 2015 Airport Survey:

  1. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria (PHC)
  2. Khartoum International Airport, Sudan (KRT)
  3. Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo (FIH)
  4. Juba International Airport, South Sudan (JUB)
  5. Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti (JIB)
  6. Mombasa Moi International Airport, Kenya (MBA)
  7. Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Nigeria (ABV)
  8. Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola (LAD)
  9. Douala International Airport, Cameroon (DLA)
  10. Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria (LOS)
Amidst the chaos, there are a few promising terminals on the continent! Continue on to read about the Best Airports in Africa. 

Do you agree or disagree with these results? Tell us about your airport experiences by participating in our 2016 Airport Survey!

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Cameroun : le sélectionneur Volker Finke non-conservé

Cette fois, la Fédération camerounaise (Fécafoot) a dit « stop » à Volker Finke. Le technicien allemand, dont le contrat avait expiré depuis plusieurs semaines, n’a pas été reconduit dans ses fonctions par le Comité exécutif de la Fécafoot, ce 30 octobre 2015 à Yaoundé. L’ex-entraîneur de Fribourg est remplacé temporairement par son adjoint, Alexandre Belinga.

Ce dernier, ex-coach des moins de 20 ans, devra conduire les Lions indomptables lors de la double confrontation face au Niger, au 2e tour des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde 2018, les 13 et 17 novembre 2015.

Le départ de Volker Finke était dans l’air depuis plusieurs mois. Il a toutefois fallu attendre la victoire de Tombi A Roko Sidiki à la présidence de la Fécafoot.

Bilan mitigé…

Nommé en mai 2013, Finke a vécu deux années et demi compliquées au Cameroun. Sa Coupe du monde 2014 a été catastrophique, avec une piteuse élimination au premier tour. Sa Coupe d’Afrique des nations 2015 a été un peu plus convaincante, malgré une sortie dès la phase de groupes.

Ses Lions indomptables avaient surtout fait naître des espoirs, après avoir étrillé la Côte d’Ivoire 4-1 en éliminatoires de la CAN 2015. Mais l’opération de rajeunissement de l’effectif, ponctuée par la retraite internationale de l’attaquant Samuel Eto’o, n’a pas été couronnée de succès.

Son bilan en 31 rencontres : 15 victoires, 10 nuls, 6 défaites, 41 buts marqués et 29 encaissés.

…et forte impopularité

Surtout, Volker Finke a fini par devenir très impopulaire au Cameroun. Pas une conférence de presse sans que les médias locaux réclament sa démission. Ces derniers lui ont reproché ses résultats et le grand pouvoir conféré au capitaine Stéphane Mbia. Volker Finke, affable et disponible à ses débuts, s’était progressivement retranché.


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Volker Finke axed from Cameroon job

Volker Finke’s time as Cameroon head coach has never been easy. A forgettable campaign in Brazil was the start of the downfall, and so the news of his departure as head coach is perhaps of little surprise.

Two weeks before the start of their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, Cameroon has fired head coach German Volker Finke, the country’s football federation announced on Friday. Alexandre Belinga has been placed in temporary charge of the side, with former Cameroon international Bonaventure Djonkep acting as assistant.
Finke’s contract with the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) expired several weeks ago and will not be renewed after a number of disappointments over the past 18 months.
A statement on Fecafoot’s website that was signed by president Tombi A Roko Sidiki who took over the reins of the federation last month, did not give reasons for the decision but said it had been made in consultation with the country’s new sports minister, Bidoung Mpkatt.

67-year-old Finke was made Cameroon head coach in May of 2013 and led ‘The Indomitable Lions’ to an abysmal World Cup campaign in Brazil last year where they lost all three matches and were criticized for petulant behavior that included an on-field spat between teammates Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo.

Cameroon were also knocked out in the first round of the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year, but had made a 100 percent start to the qualification campaign for the 2017 tournament after two games.
jh/ (Reuters)

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XCMG signs strategic cooperation agreement with SAP during Merkel state visit

HEFEI, China, Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire — XCMG has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with German software company SAP at the China-Germany Council of Economic Advisers meeting presided over by a China state leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wang Min, chairman and president of XCMG, introduced XCMG’s investments in Germany as well as collaborations with German companies […]

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